MMA Fighter Rankings: By Division

The Mixed Martial Arts fighter rankings are compiled from top talent from all the MMA promotions and are based on recent performances and overall record.

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Cain Velasquez is once again on the sidelines with an injury so newly-crowned UFC Interim Heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum will wait his return to establish who is truely the top big man in the sport. Alistair Overeem re-enters the Top 10 with a win over Stefan Struve and Travis Browne moves up a couple of spots with an impressive win over Brendan Schaub.

1. Cain Velasquez – UFC (Champion)
2. Fabricio Werdum – UFC (Interim Champion)
3. Junior dos Santos – UFC
4. Travis Browne – UFC
5. Stipe Miocic – UFC
6. Antonio Silva – UFC
7. Josh Barnett – UFC
8. Vitaly Minakov – Bellator
9. Alistair Overeem - UFC
10. Ben Rothwell – UFC

The Light Heavyweight division continues to be stacked with top-ranked fighters battling for the top five spots. Alexander Gustafsson holds onto his No. 1 contender spot in the rankings with a close title shot loss to Jon Jones. Anthony Johnson moves up in the rankings with an impressive win over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and Daniel Cormier will fight for the title in January 2015.

1. Jon Jones – UFC (Champion)
2. Alexander Gustafsson – UFC
3. Daniel Cormier – UFC
4. Anthony Johnson – UFC
5. Rashad Evans – UFC
6. Glover Teixeira – UFC
7. Phil Davis – UFC
8. Ryan Bader - UFC
9. Dan Henderson – UFC
10. Emanuel Newton – Bellator

Chris Weidman was able to shock the world with two KO wins over long-time champion Anderson Silva to take over the top spot in the Middleweight rankings. Luke Rockhold climbs in the rankings with an impressive win over Costa Philippou, while Lyoto Machida holds the No. 4 spot despite a loss to Weidman.

1. Chris Weidman – UFC (Champion)
2. Vitor Belfort – UFC
3. Jacare Souza – UFC
4. Lyoto Machida – UFC
5. Luke Rockhold – UFC
6. Tim Kennedy – UFC
7. Michael Bisping – UFC
8. Gegard Mousasi – UFC
9. CB Dollaway – UFC
10. Yushin Okami – WSOF

The Welterweight division has finally opened up following the sabbatical announcement by champion Georges St-Pierre. Newly-crowned UFC Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler is now atop the ranking with Rory MacDonald waiting for his title shot, and Ben Askren continues to climb with another impressive KO win.

1. Robbie Lawler – UFC (Champion)
2. Johny Hendricks – UFC
3. Rory MacDonald – UFC
4. Ben Askren – ONE FC
5. Tyron Woodley – UFC
6. Hector Lombard – UFC
7. Matt Brown – UFC
8. Jake Ellenberger – UFC
9. Demian Maia – UFC
10. Tarec Saffiedine – UFC

Anthony Pettis has finally established himself as the best Lightweight fighter in the world with submission wins over Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez. Khabib Nurmagomedov and Donald Cerrone both climb in the rankings following recent wins, and it looks like Rafael dos Anjos will get the next shot at the title.

1. Anthony Pettis – UFC (Champion)
2. Rafael dos Anjos – UFC
3. Khabib Nurmagomedov – UFC
4. Gilbert Melendez – UFC
5. Benson Henderson – UFC
6. Donald Cerrone – UFC
7. Eddie Alvarez – Bellator
8. Myles Jury - UFC
9. Edson Barboza – UFC
10. Will Brooks – Bellator

Jose Aldo rules the Featherweight division but could be making a move up to Lightweight at any time. Chad Mendes regains the No. 1 contender spot, and an impressive win for Frankie Edgar moves him into third. Connor McGregor climbs to sixth spot following a dazzling win over Dustin Poirier.

1. Jose Aldo – UFC (Champion)
2. Chad Mendes – UFC
3. Frank Edgar – UFC
4. Ricardo Lamas – UFC
5. Cub Swanson – UFC
6. Connor McGregor – UFC
7. Dustin Poitier – UFC
8. Nik Lentz – UFC
9. Dennis Bermudez – UFC
10. Dennis Siver– UFC

T.J. Dillashaw shocked the world with an impressive win over former pound-for-pound Top 5 Renan Barao. The new Bantamweight champ opens up lots of opportunities for top-ranked contenders, but the impressive return of former champ Dominick Cruz is sure to add lots of drama to the mix.

1. T.J. Dillashaw – UFC (Champion)
2. Dominick Cruz – UFC
3. Renan Barao – UFC
4. Urijah Faber - UFC
5. Raphael Assuncao – UFC
6. Michael McDonald – UFC
7. Takeya Mizugaki – UFC
8. Eddie Wineland – UFC
9. Luri Alcantara – UFC
10. Johnny Eduardo – UFC

The Flyweight division crowned Demetrious Johnson as the first UFC Flyweight champion and he has solidified that crown with impressive wins over all the top contenders. John Dodson finds himself back in top contender position by default following Johnson's title defenses against Joseph Benavidez and John Moraga.

1. Demetrious Johnson – UFC (Champion)
2. John Dodson – UFC
3. Joseph Benavidez – UFC
4. Ian McCall – UFC
5. John Moraga – UFC
6. Jussier Formiga – UFC
7. John Lineker – UFC
8. Ali Bagautinov – UFC
9. Chris Cariaso – UFC
10. Zach Makovsky – UFC

The Women’s Bantamweight division is ruled by MMA superstar Ronda Rousey, who most recently defended her title against Sara McMann and Alexis Davis. Next up for Rousey will be Cat Zingano in what should be the champ’s toughest test to date.

1. Ronda Rousey – UFC
2. Cat Zingano – UFC
3. Miesha Tate – UFC
4. Sara McMann – UFC
5. Sarah Kaufman – UFC
6. Jessica Eye – UFC
7. Alexis Davis – UFC
8. Liz Carmouche – UFC
9. Amanda Nunes – UFC
10. Bethe Correira – UFC

The UFC has recently completed The Ultimate Fighter 20 crowning Carla Esparza as the first UFC Strawweight champion. This division is wide open and could a take a while to determine who the true champion is as fighters in this weight class from other parts of the world enter the UFC.

1. Carla Esparza – UFC
2. Joanna Jedrzejczk – UFC
3. Claudia Gadelha – UFC
4. Jessica Penne – UFC
5. Rose Namajunas – UFC
6. Tecia Torres – UFC
7. Joanne Calderwood – UFC
8. Randa Markos – UFC
9. Felice Herrig – UFC
10. Aisling Daly – UFC

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